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How to Make Almond Meal (Almond flour)

How to Make Almond Meal or Almond flour or Almond Powder

I like using almond meal in recipes in place of flour. It is healthy and naturally gluten-free, but it can be quite expensive. I started experimenting with making my own almond meal from organic almonds that I purchased in bulk. I have discovered that you can make almond meal (which is also called almond flour or almond powder) several different way, and they are all quite easy.

Tips for Making Almond Meal:

You can use blanched almonds (almonds with the skin removed) or unblanched almonds. I usually use unblanched almonds, unless I have a recipe that specifically calls for blanched almond meal.

You can use a blender, food processor, or a very clean coffee grinder to make your almond flour.

You can use whole almonds or slivers to make almond flour. If I use whole almonds, I coarsely chop them before grinding them.

Use a sifter. After grinding your almonds for about 20 seconds, put the almond meal through a flour sifter. The fine almond flour will go through and the pieces that still need to be ground will stay in  the sifter and you can put them back in the blender to process them for a few more seconds.

Do not over process the almonds or you will end up with almond butter, which is delicious, but not helpful if you need almond flour for baking. For this reason, I like to work in small batches, so I don’t over process any of the almonds.

How to Make Almond Meal (Almond flour)
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  • Almonds
  1. Coarsely chop whole almonds if necessary.
  2. Place ½ cup almonds in food processor, blender or coffee grinder.
  3. Pulse for 15 - 20 seconds or until your almonds have a flour-like consistency.
  4. Sift the almond meal through a flour sifter and reprocess any large particles.
  5. Repeat until you have the needed amount of flour.


 More Ingredients You Can Make at Home:

How to Make Oat Flour

How to Make Simple Syrup

How to Make Powdered Sugar

How to Make  a Corn Syrup Substitute

How to Make Self-Rising Flour and Baking Powder

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. How timely! I just looked at almond meal in the store today, and it’s $10/pound here! Almonds aren’t cheap; I get it. But still.

    Thanks for posting this!

  2. When I make almond milk, I use the leftover pulp after draining as my almond flour/meal. :) You just need to dehydrate it and grind into flour if it’s too coarse.

  3. lol! I didn’t even know you could buy it! I’ve always ground my own.

  4. Barb @ Frugal Local Kitchen says:

    I’ve been buying almond meal/flour at Trader Joe’s though it would be nice to be able to make my own. I saw blanched almond slices at Costco last week. I know I took a picture of the price. I’ll have to see how much they were.

  5. This is a great post. Thanks for sharing. I’m trying to healthy things up, but still have a “normal” bread for sandwiches and french toast for my four year old. Your last comment was exactly what I’ve been looking for, Alea. many thanks.

  6. I don’t think I can buy almond flour over here in China, so thankfully I’ve brought back those huge bags of almonds from Costco! I’ll need to try this soon


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